Eric Ekstrand

Eric Ekstrand

Eric EkstrandEric Ekstrand graduated from Wake Forest University in 2007 with a BA in English Literature and with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston in 2010.  He was awarded a Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2009.  He was poetry editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts from 2009 to 2010.  He is also the recipient of an Inprint/Brown Foundation Fellowship and a Houston Writing Fellowship.  He was the founding conference administrator for Boldface: A Conference for Emerging Writers. He teaches Freshman Writing and Creative Writing.  His interests are modern  and contemporary poetry, poetry writing, religious studies in literature and art, aesthetics, and practical pedagogy. His poems can be found in  Poetry, jubilat, Indiana Review, Black Warrior Review, Catch Up, Bat City Review, and elsewhere.  His full-length manuscript Lawn Games was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, a semifinalist for the Brittingham and Pollak Prizes and the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry.  He is still seeking a publisher.